Many of you have most likely heard the news about upcoming
changes in Finnish Student Health Service FSHS. New government bill on
healthcare for university students will come into force on January 1st
2021. This means that since beginning of 2021 the services of FSHS will apply
also students in universities of applied sciences. Currently FSHS only takes
care of health care of students in universities. This change will double the number
of customers using FSHS’s services (270 000 students).
There have been a lot of preparation for the changes
already. During this year they will be acquiring and renovating suitable spaces
for service units and recruiting staff. Currently Kela (Social Insurance
Institution of Finland) is deciding whether to approve the new service network.
Kela will be acting as the producer of student health care whereas FSHS will
organize the services in practice.
In January of 2021 all students who are registered as attending
students are eligible to use FSHS’s services. This includes international
degree students, but unfortunately international exchange students cannot use
When it comes to covering the charges, the government
takes care of 77 % of the costs and the remaining 23 % will be covered by
students. Kela will be charging a health care fee from all the students who are
registered as attending students. The exact amount of the fee will be confirmed
soon. All the details will be communicated to students better during next
Many issues require a visit at a service point, but some
issues can be handled online using remote connection. FSHS is currently developing
its local services, remote services and online services in order to make them
fluent and of good quality. Even though there will be several channels for
services and some of the services will be provided by partners, it is enough
for the student to just contact FSHS. Professionals in FSHS will guide the student
to right services, so students themselves don’t need to know which service is
offered by who.
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming
changes in student health care feel free to contact the vice chair of OSAKO
board Sami Luukela email@example.com.